Category Archives: high cost of poverty

“Ten Things The Working Poor Truly Understand And One Harvard Just ‘Discovered’”

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This June 16, 2017 piece by Jen Froderman talks about things that the working poor know all too well.  This group is one where they often make too much money to receive many of the low-income benefits, but at the same time are barely making enough to survive with almost nothing left over by the time the next pay check comes and bills are paid.

Examples of luxuries in this piece include things ranging from taking a ride to look at scenery, dropping kids off to visit friends, being able to get all the supplies for their kid as required by the school, to even the problems that are faced simply by having kids come to your house to play and the hidden costs that many with greater incomes don’t even bother to consider.  There are other things like the stigmas faced by those who fall into the heading of “Working Poor”  that those with higher incomes will likely never face unless they are faced with a catastrophic even that causes them to lose their financial security.

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“How the poor pay more for diapers”

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This March 14, 2016 article I found on the Reading Eagle website talks about why diapers are more expensive for low-income families than they are for those with higher incomes.

“Why the poor pay more for toilet paper — and just about everything else”

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This March 8, 2016 Washington Post article offers a more detailed look at why even toilet paper is more expensive for low-income people than it is for people with higher incomes.

“The high cost of being poor”

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This March 28, 2016 article on CBS.com talks about the multitude of fees faced by low-income people, but not incurred by those in higher income brackets.  fees range from check cashing fees to higher interest rates on loans to higher cost for a parking ticket and even more expensive toilet paper.